Blog Tour Review: Delicious Mornings by Dina Foglio Crowell


Delicious Mornings: Comforting Breakfasts Baked from ScratchDelicious Mornings
Comforting Breakfasts Baked from Scratch
by Dina Foglio Crowell
Paperback160 Pages
November 11th 2014 by Cedar Fort


Make the most important meal of the day the BEST meal of your day! Delicious Mornings is a delectable collection of from-scratch breakfast recipes, including everyone’s classic favorites as well as scrumptious new twists like French Toast Casserole, Red Velvet Pancakes, and Easy Apple Fritter Monkey Bread. Holidays, birthdays, or even weekdays—whatever the occasion, you’ll be jumping out of bed to try these amazing recipes!


My Review

I was expecting a cookbook with some great recipes and I got that and more in Dina Crowell's Delicious Mornings. The recipes were scrumptious. What a great word that I haven't used in a review until now that is a perfect description for the recipes in this book! They were unique enough that they felt different than others I've come across. Who would have thought of combining oatmeal and Creme Brulee? It was fabulous! Or phyllo dough with asperagus, mushrooms, and eggs? I loved these recipes and the various combinations!

Here are a few of the recipes we tried:

Creme Brulee Vanilla Oatmeal
I don't have a tourch, so I used the suggested alternative, which was brown sugar. It melted before I could get a good picture. This was the creamiest, most divine oatmeal I have ever had. I think I could eat it for every meal. :)

Raspberry White Chocolate Buckle
Oh my goodness, this was good! I did make the mistake of adding the chips in the topping
instead of holding them and melting them for after the buckle was baked, but it still turned out.

Potato Strata Pie
This was really good, although next time we'll use a little less pepper.

Double Chocolate Muffins
These were super yummy and full of chocolate. Definitely something I'd make again.

We also tried the Asparagus and Mushroom Phyllo Bake, which we really loved but will use less pepper next time. This is definitely not light in calories with all the butter in-between each phyllo sheet. And the Almond Apricot Jam Coffee Cake, which was also really good. 

I wasn't disappointed by a single recipe and I would love to try the rest. Some other recipes that stood out to me were the Marbled Chocolate Banana Break Pudding, Triple Berry Banana Chunk Muffins with Oat Streusel Topping, Blueberry Banana French Toast Bake, Spinach Breakfast Crepes with Parmesan Bechamel Sauce. We'll be making it through the cookbook in the coming months because I haven't had enough and especially since we enjoy having breakfast for dinner.

Just as a note, there were a few typos here and there and some missing instructions, but the copy I reviewed was the ARC and hopefully those things were corrected in the finished copy. The recipes were still workable regardless. 

Source: I would like to thank the the publisher, Cedar Fort, for my complimentary review copy, which did not affect my review in any way.

About the Author

buttercream bakehouseDina Foglio Crowell lives in Historic Fredericksburg, Virginia with her husband who is in the District of Columbia Air National Guard and their four children. She is a self taught baker, professional blogger, photographer, food stylist, award winning cake decorator and freelance writer. She is a member of numerous Ad Networks including Collective Bias, Pollinate Media Group and Tap Influence and works in the highly competitive field of Brand Ambassadorship. She has written articles and developed recipes for ad campaigns working with major brands including Hershey’s, Nestle, Betty Crocker and Kraft Foods. Dina is an award winning cake decorator with two second place wins from the National Capital Area Cake Show in the professional tiered cake division. Her popular blog has become a media platform to inspire culinary achievement for home bakers who want to learn the craft of baking and try easy to follow recipes and have comparable success doing it. Dina has been featured on various online recipe forums including Taste of Home, Gooseberry Patch, Recipe Lion, Just a Pinch, The Best Dessert Recipes and Recipe Chart. Her photography has been been the cover shot for several ebooks and can also be found on and Dina is a partner with Taste Media Ad Network and is listed as a favorite blog on She also serves as a voluntary field editor for Taste of Home magazine.


  1. This sounds like a wonderful collection of stories. I am definitely going to get this one!

  2. I love finding clean romances, thank you for sharing!

  3. Sounds terrific! If I weren't so swamped, I would add it to my list.

  4. Cali Willette1/28/15, 1:08 PM

    I am waiting for the Winner's Crime; I love that series. :)

  5. I've heard so many amazing things about The Winner's Curse that I just had to buy it. I can't wait to read it, and since this sequel is coming out pretty soon, I'm going to have to read it soon.

    As far as Red Queen goes, it's definitely one of my most anticipated releases this year.

    My pick: The Stars Never Rise.

  6. Um, yes. To both of these. Although, I still haven't read the first of the Winner series yet, I'm really excited to check them both out! So many fantasy series to read, and so little time!!

    Here's my WoW for the week: Vision in Silver

  7. I haven't read this one yet, but I liked her other books.

  8. I loved it, but I do love historical romance. :)

  9. I know all about being swamped. :) Well, I do feel like each story was different with different authors and all. Glad you enjoyed the review.

  10. Not everyone did like the first book. I hope we both love Red Queen!

  11. The covers are amazing! I'm hoping this second Winner's hardcover will have the same details as the first one did. I loved everything about it!

  12. I'm so happy to hear that! :)

  13. I have seen some reviews saying it wasn't for them, but I'm crossing my fingers that I'll love it.

  14. I hope you like it when you do!

  15. I'm so glad you liked it. I have the ARC. I NEED to read it! :)

  16. I really loved the first Winner book. I'm hoping this one will be great too. I have the ARC of the Red Queen too and I just need to get to it.

  17. Me too, Cali, obviously. ;) I hope we both love it!

  18. Me too! I did read the first Winner's book, so I have high expectations for this one.

  19. Isn't that the truth? I read so many books last year and yet I still have a ton I missed and MUST read. Lol!

  20. The Read Queen intrigued me from the moment I read its synopsis and I can't wait for its release. I still haven't read Winner's Curse even though it's been on my TBR for a while now

  21. I hope you enjoy both of them!


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